During 2013 the staff, volunteers and supporters of Children Today have continued to work hard to respond to the individual needs of many children and young people living with disabilities. An essential piece of equipment can transform the lives of these children, helping in a range of practical and social situations.
Earlier this year the charity funded a specialised tricycle for Zachary, aged 8, who has autism. We were delighted to recently receive a visit from Zachary who was keen to show off his trike and, as these photos show, Zachary was excited to meet our family of snowmen at the Children Today office!
Zachary was diagnosed with the condition at a very early age. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. You cannot always tell that someone has autism just by looking at them. Because of this autism is sometimes called a ‘hidden disability’.
Since he received his trike, Zachary’s family have seen such a difference in their son’s development and quality of life. He has been able to join his family and friends in regular outdoor activity which has not only improved his confidence but has also increased his muscle tone and improved his coordination and general health.
On behalf of Zachary, his family and all the children and young people we have been privileged to meet this year, we would like to thank you, our supporters, for helping us to give the gifts of freedom and independence.
We wish you a peaceful festive season and a Happy New Year.